The Office of Academic Affairs works collaboratively with administrators, staff, and campus organizations to create a welcoming climate for all members of the Loyola community. This contributes to the University's mission to teach students to learn, live, and lead in a diverse and changing world. Further, the University core value of Diversity states in part, "Loyola also seeks to encourage all of its constituents to respect, value, and welcome 'the inherent value and dignity of each person' as a gifted contributor to the community as a whole. The University is of course committed to challenging and repudiating prejudice in all its forms, and to encouraging global and international awareness, both within and outside its curricula."
Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles that inform all aspects of Academic Affairs, including hiring practices, curricular development and program administration, faculty development, and budgeting. In particular, the Faculty Development Fellow:
- Infuses all faculty development programming with attention to the needs, perspectives, and contributions of members of underrepresented groups.
- Coordinates several diversity and inclusion initiatives, including two headline events: the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation each January, inaugurated in 1993, and campus-wide Diversity Reading Groups each fall.
- Advises the Vice President of Academic Affairs on best hiring practices and serves as a resource to hiring departments on best practices to build a broad and diverse candidate pool leading to the best hire.
- Serves as a liaison to affinity groups, as well as a resource should new groups seek to form. Supports affinity groups on various inclusion efforts, such as Safe Zone training, campus programming, and policy recommendations.
- Plays key roles in efforts within Academic Affairs or the University to gather climate data that inform academic policies, programs, and priorities.
- Collaborates with other offices on diversity-related initiatives and serves as a general resource to the campus regarding climate-enhancing efforts.
- The Office of Academic Affairs also collaborates with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to administer the Diversity Course Requirement.
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